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1  Cat Power in Needlework: Completed Projects by simse on: December 12, 2008 07:31:43 AM
I found this beautiful antique embroidered pillow but knew I could do it myself so I took a video of the pillow with my camera and traced it off the computer screen once I got home. This is the pillow I made to replicate it, and I'm really happy with it. It doesn't look exactly alike, but it's good enough. The hardest part was blowing up the image by hand - by taking my drawing and increasing the size of each element with the same proportions.

It seems most embroidery from the turn of the century is super delicate, and they usually use the equivalent of only one strand from a piece of embroidery floss. I was really worried about doing something that tiny, thinking it would be super time-consuming (the pillow is at least 20" long), but this went surprisingly fast.



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2  Re: Vintage Apron Swap Round 2: Holiday Style in The Swap Gallery by simse on: November 16, 2008 09:12:42 PM
Hello everyone! So this swap was my first ever, and while I haven't mailed my apron yet (I swear I'll do it tomorrow), I did get mine in the mail last week. It's just great & makes me very nervous about the quality of stitching used on my apron. Im Sew Silly made me this lovely, lined apron with some really nice fabrics that is just really well-constructed.  I wore it tonight to make dinner & it was put to good use.

The paisley lining is so pretty and the apron is so well done that I think I use this as a reversible apron quite easily.

Thank you partner for making my first swap a great one.


Here is a photo of the apron showing the lining as well.



This is the top band of the apron with some really pretty lace that is perfectly applied to the apron. How did she do it!!??

And here I am in my teeny weeny kitchen cooking with my lovely new apron.
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3  Nancy Drew and Her Ladies: Embroidered T-Shirt in Needlework: Completed Projects by simse on: October 17, 2008 01:58:00 PM
I was inspired by a mural I saw in a trendy apartment decorating magazine where this couple had their friend paint this along their kitchen cabinets. It was either in Dwell or Apartment Therapy if you decide you simply have to see what they tried. I highly recommend it.


Anyway, I digress. I thought the silhouette would make a great embroidery, and I believe that it did just that. This is from the end paper woodblock in the old Nancy Drew books. You'll see it in every one of them. I embroidered it on a little girls shirt. Some people have said they could not tell at all what the picture was. ("what is that woman holding? a cigar? Is that an alligator?") I have no idea how that's possible, but it could also be that I have no objectivity.

I've looked for other vintage endpapers to use as embroidery templates but without much luck If anyone has any vintage illustration or silhouette ideas for me, they'll always be appreciated.

Oh. And sorry the picture is so red and bright it will burn your eyes. yow.
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4  Woodsy/ Summery Living Room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by simse on: April 14, 2007 04:42:46 PM
So I have this set of rattan furniture from my grandmother that isn't super comfortable but is so lightweight that I can't give it up considering how many times I've moved in the past five years.

In my latest apartment, I decided to give the furnitre a real makeover.

I reupholstered the couch cushions using this beautiful fabric I got on sale at reprotdepot.com. It's tree rings! My sister bought me the vintage frog lamp to the left of the couch on by the window my plants are in these beautiful cans I found in the garbage at the pizzeria next door.

On the other side of the room I set up a little "study" with this chair and a great rattan footstool and book shelves. The lamp is from salvation army and once again the fabric is from the same artist and is twigs this time.

I made these curtains with the leftover fabric

On the wall behind the couch I have three beautiful nature prints I printed on photo paper. I found three old wood frames in garbage and I hung them over the prints. There's no glass or anything put I still think it looks nice.
I'm only living in this place for another year which sucks but is also nice because it means I get to do this all over again pretty soon.
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5  Portrait of My Dad - Wall Hanging in Needlework: Completed Projects by simse on: April 13, 2007 10:46:48 AM
This is a portrait of my dad that I started a year and a half ago in Jenny Hart's portraiture class in NYC.  I gave this to him as a wall hanging because he lost his job a few years ago and he needed a self esteem booster. The magnolia tree in the background symbolizes the time he spent doing Hurricane Katrina relief in Mississippi and the words in the flowers are all things that are important to him. I think he liked it but was a little uncertain what to do with an embroidery piece!

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6  Patsy Cline Bib in Needlework: Completed Projects by simse on: October 27, 2005 11:00:11 AM



So I was very inspired by Jenny Hart's portraits of famous people and I tried to make one of my own using Patsy Cline. I think I made the image much smaller than Jenny usually makes her because the face kept ending up looking like a hideous monster face instead of Patsy Cline. Eventually I decided to iron it oin using the image I had copied for the embroidery. I actually prefer the iron on myself, being very much a fan of mixed-media.

Once I'd finished the embroidery, I wasnt' quite sure what do with it so I made this little bib out of an old skirt and added it to that. My friend Ivan is modeling the bib as it is intended to be worn, with a few notable exceptions. Firstly, a female with a tank top or t-shirt underneath is supposed to be wearing the bib right under her chest. It really only looks good on very skinny girls or pregnant mamas, which is why I am not the chosen model for this picture. I hope you like it!

Oh, and the quote is attributed to one of Patsy's contemporaries who said of her, she is the "Best Damned Country Singer That Ever Walked On The Face Of The Earth".

Erica
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7  Axl Rose Embroidered Jacket in Needlework: Completed Projects by simse on: October 25, 2005 10:26:06 AM


It took me over thirty hours but I finally finished this embroidery of mine. It's a portrait of Axl Rose and a quote attributed to Mother Theresa. I hope you like it, I know it doesn't look like Axl, but I guess I'm just not good enough at portraiture as I'd like to be.

As always, this craft project was a feeble attempt to emulate my idol Jenny Hart.
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8  Lichtenstein Portrait in Needlework: Completed Projects by simse on: February 08, 2005 06:35:26 PM
Hi, I made this embroidery using a Lichtenstein photo and put it on a purse for my sis.




Here's the inspiration
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